I want to share with you a fantastical revelation. ALL things I experience in this life are God touching me. Wow! ALL, you might say?! Yes, I believe Scripture supports that ALL of life is our experience of God. How could this be? Because the Word states clearly that ALL things are IN Christ. Talk about taking sovereignty to the outermost! But this is the level I believe His sovereignty reaches—ALL things.
For from Him and through Him and to Him are ALL things. [For ALL things originate with Him and come from Him; ALL things live through Him, and ALL things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it).
Romans 11:36 AMP
All Things in God’s Hand
Now I know for those who have been abused in this life, or suffered pain, this can be a frightening reality. It takes utmost surrender and trust in our God. This is a reality that can keep us up at night, disturbing our flesh, but our spirits flourish in this Truth. It takes great faith and abandon to embrace this fact. It is a relinquishing of ALL to Him who holds our destiny. This kind of faith searches the heavens and looks to The One. All other voices must be silenced, including our own.
It brings me tremendous peace to know that my Lord is Lord of ALL. Can you imagine, His sovereignty includes all of life’s happenings. I am seeing it like I rest in the palm of God’s hand and that because I am His, all the things in my life are Jesus touching, guiding, and leading me. He is that involved and knows me that intensely. He knows what leads me to Him. Whether it is pain or blessing, He knows. So circumstances are like God’s finger touches.
I can tell you a more frightening reality. What if this were not true? What if God had to work against the chaotic situations of life? How would it be if He functioned more like a batter at the plate, responding to the pitches thrown at Him? Yikes! Even if He were the perfect batter, He wouldn’t be sovereign or in control.
Facing All Things in This Light
As I face my life, or listen to the news with all the tragedies and disasters, the political corruption and subterfuge, I need to know that my God is not simply managing the chaotic now but that ALL things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him. “All things” is pretty extreme but it is what scripture states. This means that even those things that I vehemently oppose or dislike are included. God is so much greater than our current crisis. Our crisis is included in the ALL things which He is controlling. He is the cohesive force of the universe and everything I experience is Him touching me as a loving Father and amazing God.
For by Him ALL things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; ALL things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him. And He Himself existed and is before ALL things, and in Him ALL things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.]
Colossians 1:16-17 AMP